Earlier this month in Washington D.C., an Arlington man was killed when his vehicle was struck by another car that had lost control. According to one local Washington D.C. news source, the accident occurred on 16th Street NW near the intersection with Madison Street, not far from Rock Creek Park.
Evidently, the accident occurred on a Sunday morning, around three o’clock. The accident victim was driving southbound on 16th Street NW in his Volvo when another motorist in an Acura heading northbound on the same road lost control. As the driver of the Acura lost control of his vehicle, it crossed the center median and struck the Volvo. Both drivers were taken to the hospital.
Sadly, the driver of the Volvo passed away from the injuries he sustained in the accident two days later. The driver of the Acura sustained non-life threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.
Police told reporters that they believe that speed was a factor in the fatal accident, and they began an in-depth investigation to determine whether that was the case. At the time of the article’s publication, no charges had been filed against the driver of the Acura, but that could change depending on the result of the police investigation. There is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved.
Speed Kills in Washington D.C.
It will not likely come as a surprise to the reader that speeding increases the risk of getting into an accident. However, not only does speeding increase the chances of getting into an accident, but it also increases the chances that the accident will result in serious bodily injury or death.
The Washington D.C. Department of Transportation releases accident data every few years. The most recent data from 2012 suggests that speeding accounts for a total of only about 3% of all traffic accidents (the most common causes were distracted driving, improper lane changes, and following too closely). However, speeding represents roughly 20% of the fatal accidents and 10% of the “disabling” accidents. If you have been injured in an accident that you believe was caused by another motorist’s speeding, contact a Washington D.C. personal injury attorney.
Are You Considering Filing Suit Against a Negligent Driver?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a Washington D.C. car accident that resulted in serious injury or death, you may be entitled to monetary damages based on the other driver’s negligence. At the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, we have helped injured Washingtonians recover for their injuries arising out of various auto accidents, including those caused by speeding, distracted driving, drunk driving, failure to yield, and many others. Call 410-654-3600 to set up a free consultation with one of our experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys today. Calling is free and results in no commitment to continue with your case unless it is your desire to do so.
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